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Instagram is a social media site that was released in 2010 as an app for iPhone users. Instagram has since been purchased by Facebook and is now also compatible with Android phones. Instagram grew by 23% in 2013 and it still growing in popularity. The idea behind Instagram is to allow people to share interesting photos, in an easy format, and without the need for an expensive camera. On Instagram you can take (or upload) pictures in a square shape similar to a Polaroid, and then edit your picture with a simple filter to share with friends and family.

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The Good

  • Mobile app available
  • Unique filters
  • Free account
Instagram is great app if you enjoy sharing photography with your friends and family in a quick and simple format. If you have never used Instagram before, it is similar to Facebook and Twitter, but the focus of each post is a photograph. Here is what we like:
  • Free mobile app
  • Picture editing
  • Unique filters
  • Explore pictures
  • Post pictures and videos
  • Search with hashtags
  • Follow posts from friends
  • No storage restrictions
  • Location tags
  • Direct messaging
These reasons and more make Instagram a great social platform for photos. The free downloadable app is simple and intuitive. What really sets Instagram apart is the easy picture editing. Not only can you adjust the contrast, brightness, and sharpness of your photos; but also you can personalize each photo with flattering, adjustable filters that give your photo a unique look. Instagram also leaves space for your comments about your photo so you can document memories, jokes, or a hashtag so your friends can search for your photo. Your friends and family can see your posts by following you and when they see a photo they appreciate, a simple double tap will like the photo.
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The Bad

  • Limited storage
  • No organizational tools
  • Limited features
Although Instagram is an excellent social media site, it doesn't offer a lot of photo storage options or any photo organization. Instagram simply displays posts from newest to oldest. Because of this formatting, you do not have the ability to rearrange or group photos in a different order. Here are a few other concerns:
  • Minimal privacy protection
  • Strict censorship
  • Low resolution
  • Sponsored advertisements
  • No automatic syncing is offered
  • No downloading
  • No Zoom
One big concern with Instagram is their privacy policy. Instagram does not offer a privacy protection program and all posted photos are considered public domain. This means that Instagram or any other company can use your posted pictures without even asking. Instagram is a great app for the social factor, but if you are serious about photography software this is not the app for you. Instagram does not support bulk picture uploads and it actually lowers the resolution of pictures that have too high of a pixilation count.
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The Bottom Line

We would highly recommend Instagram as a fun, social, photo-sharing site. If you are concerned about the privacy of your photos or looking to share photos in bulk, then this is not the app for you. However, Instagram is a user-friendly application that connects family and friends through posted pictures. If you like taking pictures, you should definitely give Instagram a try.
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Sicely Lyn Russell Phoenix, AZ

I love Instagram! I've had it for a couple of years and it's been amazing! It's so easy to use and I love the filters! Instagram is a great way to share amazing photos!

2 months ago

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Brooklyn Bishop Los Angeles, CA

Instagram is such a good way to share your fun photos with others, and see what your friends are up to. You can communicate with friends and meet new people. The quality is amazing and it’s very easy to navigate. I would defiantly recommend!

6 months ago

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Shante Reeder Draper, UT

I love Instagram as a way to document my memories! This app has served as a journal for me over the years, and I love that I can look back and remember certain times. This has been a game changer in being able to connect and share with family and friends!

8 months ago

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daphjohnson Saratoga Springs, UT

Instagram is a great way to connect with family and friends. Lately the censorship on instagram has not been a good thing. It is also getting taken over by influencers which are a bunch of advertisements.

3 months ago

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EmmaoiR ,

Instagram is a good place for people who have the ability of controlling their time well and who can stop themselves from obsessing over an app. I saw too many people losing hours of time over similar apps. But overall the app is amazing!

6 months ago

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Andrea Diaz-Cepeda Tallahassee, FL

Not only is instagram easy-to-use but it is extremely user friendly. With every update, the social media app become better and better. I constantly use this app to keep up with my social networks as well as staying updated on news world-wide. This is by far my favorite social media platform and it is because of my seamless experience while using it.

1 year ago

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Matthew Cota Albuquerque, NM

I love Instagram, I follow several people, not just my family members but celebrities, I enjoy seeing there pictures of there new outfits while they are at the red carpet, or awards show , and I follow a few toy manufacturers to see all the latest toys, what’s hot and see the new ways to custom action figures, I even post pictures of my cats , Instagram is a fun learning and getting to know people

1 year ago

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Jen Paxman Lehi, UT

Instagram is the perfect way for me to document my family. I am not a big scrapbooker, so Instagram is a quick and easy way for me to take my pictures, write a quick text and save them. I also like that I am able to transfer them to chatbooks so that I can have a printed copy as well. I have a private account and choose not to have any followers, but that is simply for personal reasons.

2 years ago

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Phebe Rowland Fayetteville, AR

Instagram is a great social media tool. I enjoy seeing updates from people who I do not seen on a regular basis! The app is easy to work and monitors suspicious activity.

5 months ago

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Phabie Mobile, AL

Great way for content creators to post pictures and videos to share. It has a weird algorithm, so I don't see a lot of the people I follow on my time line, instead there are a bunch of irrelevant sponsored posts. I would also like to see pictures in chronological oder.

6 months ago

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Wendy Park City, UT

Instagram is a great place to share pictures and videos with my family and friends. I love to go back and look at past post of mine to reminisce. So easy to use!

6 months ago

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Sarah Mercival , FL

I can spend hours on this app, their camera has these new filters that I love and you can have group chats with friends and post pictures and watch videos of your favorite things. Their is no bullying tolerated which I wholeheartedly respect

1 year ago

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Emily Crawfordville, FL

Instagram makes it so easy to keep up with your friends and create a scrapbook of memories without having to print the pictures. I love to scroll down and see all my old pictures and past memories. It is also a really good place to find outfit inspiration and funny videos!

1 year ago

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Eddie Rios Ogden, UT

Instagram is such an easy way for me to share photos with my friends and family. Its quick and integrated to other online social platforms. That makes sharing a breeze. I like the easy-to-use tools and the high definition of photos have with the service. They keep photo sharing fun and popular.

1 year ago

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Summer Porter Managua, MN

Instagram is incredible. It's popularity has grown exponentially over the past few years and it has been a means of networking and connecting with people all over the world for me. I have seen how technology has blessed the lives of millions all over the world through this mean. It is simple to navigate and aesthetically pleasing. 10/10 recommend.

1 year ago

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Eric San Diego, CA

I use Instagram more than any other social media app. I really enjoy the interface and it allows me to share multiple pics in a single post. My only complaint is that the post are no longer in chronological order which I have heard many others complain about as well. Other than that one issue Instagram is the best photo sharing site in my opinion.

2 years ago

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Sara Jane Crestwood, KY

Instagram is a good photo sharing tool. The app runs quickly and privacy is good. I do with they had more security for youth DMs. The new TV featuring is nice. It is a fun app. A must have for anyone who enjoys social media.

2 years ago

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Tiffany Phoenix, AZ

I love using Instagram to post pictures of my family. I have my account linked up to Chatbooks so I can get my best pictures printed so my children can enjoy them to. This App makes it possible for me to keep a photo journal for my family that we will treasure forever!

3 years ago

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Krista Provo, UT

I have been able to grow my social media with Instagram. It is very straight forward in how to use it compared to other social media platforms. I have had to mark a few comments as spam and Instagram deleted them immediately with no issues. I don't like how I can only use my phone to upload photos and it's not compatible with sites that help run social media platforms.

3 years ago

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Derek Heiner Centerville, UT

I like how easy and efficient Instagram is when sharing photos. The process to upload them is so quick and easy to use anyone can do it. This is probably my favorite photo sharing apps. The display in the app makes things really nice to look at as well.

3 years ago

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Jonny Hancock Salt Lake City, UT

Instagram truly is an easy way to stay connected with your friends. Recently, Instagram has made major improvements with their private photo/video sharing capabilities. I would highly recommend Instagram to anyone searching to stay connected to people they care about.

3 years ago

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xw justin American Fork, UT

fun but can get laggy at times i feel like i waste time whoever after being on this app so it’s alright

2 months ago

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Christina Whelan Norcross, GA

instagram is ok. i don’t like the changes they’re making on the app, it’s becoming more like facebook with shopping and lots of advertising. it’s still enjoyable but it’s declining in quality

7 months ago

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Lizzy Puentes Tallahassee, FL

Instagram is such a great app for anyone wanting to post pictures. It is easy to use and simple to manage. It is a great platform to upload pictures. Hashtags are used so more people can see your picture. It is overall a great way to meet people of similar interests and share pictures of your liking.

1 year ago

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cb Irving, TX

Instagram is the best app in my opinion for share the pictures you want to be shared! It’s very easy to use for almost anyone and perfect for those businesses looking to get their brands out!

1 year ago

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Cade Boudreaux , FL

I love Instagram. I go on the app every single day and I’m able to reach a wider audience than most apps. I love how I’m able to network with people I would’ve never met before because of this app.

1 year ago

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Hunter Nobles Olivehurst, CA

This is a great website/application to keep up to date with your friends, as well as news about your favorite teams or really anything. Also a great way to connect with people who share your interests.

1 year ago

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Malayah Norcross, GA

Instagram is a great communication platform. I have family that lives far away and having them on Instagram helps me keep in contact. I love Instagram and would prefer it over any other social media platform.

1 year ago

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Jasmine King Long Beach, MS

I have had Instagram for a very long time, both a business and a personal account. The platform has a convenient design, and it's easy to reach out to people and discover new fans. There's a diverse community, but the report system could use some work.

1 year ago

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Dorrie2001 Jonesboro, GA

Love sharing my pictures on this app, I get to constantly stay in touch with my friends and see what they are doing with their lives. I also enjoying being able to DM my friends :)

1 year ago

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Shari Evers Lehi, UT

Instagram is very entertaining. My teens love sarahah and them posting the comments on their stories. Most comments are great, but some are very hurtful. My kids think it’s all fun and games, but it honestly just needs to go!

2 years ago

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Hunter Kasprzyk Gilbert, AZ

Great app that has so much to offer free of charge. Although it can be used incorrectly most people can use it to see what their friends are doing and express themselves. Receiving mostly positive feedback.

2 years ago

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Tom Pleasant Grove, UT

Instagram is an easy and fun way to share memories and life events with family and friends. It has great content as well from famous people or organizations I am interested in.

2 years ago

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Patrick Orem, UT

It is a great way to share photos. It is very simple to use. Instagram recently added new features to edit photos which is great. It helps you stand out and be unique on the platform.

3 years ago

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Lindsey American Fork, UT

Instagram is my favorite social media photo sharing site. The interface is very beautiful and easy to navigate. It's extremely user-friendly, and gives nice filters and editing tools for sharing your photos.

3 years ago

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Pete Centerville, UT

Instagram is one of my favorite social media platforms. I really enjoy the simplicity of it. It's also one of the best platforms for businesses. It's really easy to get people to recognize your business and give them a chance to follow you. It's helped me spread the word about my business.

3 years ago

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Lindsay H. Draper, UT

I really like Instagram and have used it for several years. I travel a lot, so it's a great way to share my travel photos with family and friends, as well as keep them in one place so that I can look back on them later. I love being able to see the pictures that my family and friends post too. Awesome free photo sharing platform!

3 years ago

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Sav Flo Salt Lake City, UT

I am a big fan of Instagram because its a great way to quickly post a memory and share a little thought. I enjoy Instagram more than Facebook because there are less ads. I like the quick Instagram videos that can be made too! Oh and one of the things that I have liked the most is being able to post multiple pictures at once.

3 years ago

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Carol Hancock

instagram is my go to media sight. I use instagram multiple times during the day it keeps me in touch with my friends and family. I like how you can put multiple pictures on one post. That has helped in some of the annoying over posting of the same event

3 years ago

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Christopher Haueter Salt Lake City, UT

I like instagram for sharing photos with family and friends but I hate that there is a lot of pornography on it as well. Any time that I went to the browse option, inappropriate things would come on to my page and I had to get rid of instagram because of that. But it's nice that my wife has it because we can stay connected with friends and family and know what they are doing.

3 years ago

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Austin Stelmach Boulder, CO

Instagram is definitely the superior photo sharing app, but advertisements have begun to show up more frequently which I do not appreciate. Keep instagram ad free!

1 year ago

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Anita pea Dallas, TX

Instagram is the perfect place for my social media needs to catch up on family and friends. It isnt even that hard to use. The recommended videos are even funny.

1 year ago

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Nicholas Genes Los Angeles, CA

Great way to share experiences and stories without overdoing it. Most people on here spend way too much time makes fake lives and perfect pictures, but if used for family and friends, it’s perfect!

1 year ago

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roxanne Millville, UT

Instagram is so fun and interactive, I love photos and this is the quickest way I can share with my friends whats going on in my life without making a phone call

1 year ago

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Thomas Hullinger Pleasant Grove, UT

I use Instagram every day. It keeps me connected to my family, friends, and people that live a long ways away. I enjoy being part of their day and sharing my day!

2 years ago

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Avery Fowler Pleasant Grove, UT

I really like Instagram! The only problem have with instagram is all the inappropriate images you can see without even trying to see them. One day as I was scrolling through the feed an ad popped up and it was an inappropriate image. But other than that I really enjoy the app instagram!

2 years ago

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Kaylee West Jordan, UT

Easy to use and is a good way to connect with people if you only want to see pictures and videos. Only thing that should be improved is that you can't easily see if someone is following you back.

3 years ago

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Blake Wilcox Salt Lake City, UT

I use instagram all the time. I love all of the different edits that they offer, and it is really easy to connect your post to Facebook. The best part is the privacy setting and that you can make your account private.

3 years ago

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Maile Curtis Salt Lake City, UT

Instagram is my favorite. I love that you can post multiple pictures now in one post. I like how simple the app is. However, i wish they had an option to use instagram on the computer.

3 years ago

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Theodore Niemann Boulder, CO

This is a great way to interact and keep in touch with friends and family. However, influencers often take advantage of how impressionable our youth is.

1 year ago

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